Adult Education: SACRED GROUND Summer Series – Zoom Wed. Evenings @ 7 PM July 29 thru Sep 9

First Offering of a Four – Part Series on Race and Faith

Conversations are going on all over this country right now, and some of that has been reflected in recent sermons here at St. Thomas. Race and racism are always touchy and difficult topics of discussion. With the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, and the prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement, this topic has risen in urgency.

The Episcopal Church has developed a program, Sacred Ground, to help participants to confront and work together through the realities of race, privilege, and unconscious bias and see how they affect our communities and our lives.

The program is presented by way of documentary videos and assigned readings and group dialogues. The entire program is designed for ten sessions. Here at St. Thomas we are going to begin the program this summer with three sessions, spaced two weeks apart.

Here at St. Thomas we are going to begin the program this summer with four sessions, spaced two weeks apart.

Session 1. Wednesday July 29, 7:00 pm via Zoom: STEPPING INTO SACRED GROUND

Session 2. Wednesday August 12, 7:00 pm via Zoom: THE ROOTS OF WHITENESS, AND DEEPER ROOTS

Session 3. Wednesday August 26, 7:00 pm via Zoom: WHOSE LAND? EXPLORING INDIGENOUS HISTORY

Session 4. Wednesday Sept. 9, 7:00 pm via Zoom: WHOSE LAND? EXPLORING INDIGENOUS HISTORY

What to Expect

Each session is divided into two parts. The first segment is presentation / dialogue related to that week’s topic.

The second segment is an opportunity to view together the video(s) for the next session. The sessions will run 2 hours, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

We will provide pre-reading material, by way of access to a Google Shared Drive.

There are two recommended books for the series: “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman, and “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving. The parish library will have a copy of these books. They are available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.com.

For Questions and to Attend

For those interested in Zooming with us for the Adult Education Summer Series SACRED GROUND or that have any initial questions, please alert Lou Poulain (see parish directory) or  Contact Us

We appreciate your giving us a “heads-up”  as it helps us in making session preparations. In turn, we’ll send an email to you how to access the pre-reading material.

Thank You 🙂

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Together Apart – Ways St. Thomas Gathers on Zoom

Going stir crazy, afraid to watch another cooking show or YouTube video on how to cut your hair?…or does talking to veggie plants have the neighbors wondering?

In need a little change? We have Good News for you…we really do 🙂

There are opportunities to gather for worship, prayer, study and fun at St. Thomas. All you literally need to do is plug-in and Zoom with us. Here are a few ways…

WORSHIP

SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE with the whole congregation, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Sunday Worship

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 826 9002 5101

PRAYER

During this time while we shelter in place, there are ways we can stay connected spiritually, and find calm & peace in the midst of the pandemic.

Here are days and times you can connect online to the St. Thomas faith community for prayer, meditation and worship:
 
TUESDAYS @ 6PM – CENTERING PRAYER, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Tuesday Evening Centering Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 724376004
 
WEDNESDAYS @  12:15PM – NOONDAY PRAYER with Commemoration of a Saint, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Wednesday Noonday Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 86313271549
 
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM – COMPLINE with Deacon Bertram: Zoom Link for Wednesday Evening Compline

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 499220185
  
THURSDAYS @ 9AM – MORNING PRAYER with Deacon Bertram, in connection with St. Margaret’s in Washington DC: Zoom link for Thursday Morning Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 6833  –  Meeting ID# 151825096  –  Password: 184402 
 
OR
 
Via the St. Margaret’s website: https://www.stmargaretsdc.org/   and then halfway down on the right, click on:
 

Virtual Noonday Prayer and Lectio Divina on Thursdays

(NOTE: 9 AM PDT = 12 Noon in Washington)

STUDY
Adult Formation

The Adult Formation serves to increase our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the Bible and to help us apply the lessons we learn to our lives  so that we may grow and mature in our Christian faith.

For the latest news regarding future studies, please check back with our website and/or the weekly service bulletin for upcoming offerings.

Family Ministry offers weekly online Children’s Ministry

Family Ministry gathers online on Thursdays at 4:00 PM for Children’s Ministry.  Our time together is focused on Christian formative education mixed with some fun! Note that the Children’s Ministry class previously scheduled for June 4th, 2020 is cancelled due to time conflicts with so many of the children still being in school. We plan to restart the following week. 

To participate, please contact the group’s host – Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director via the Parish Office  for details if you would like to join the group.

Sue’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

Men’s Spiritual Growth Group

Meets online the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (9-10 AM on your computer) to explore where the Scriptures lead us and on alternate Saturdays to check-in with everybody at the end of the week (this also starts at 9 AM).

We invite all men (even those not a part of St. Thomas) to join with us for fellowship and good discussion.  And yes, you can be in your pajamas! 

Our Zoom meetings are password protected so you’ll need to connect with Chris Schmidt, the group’s host via the Parish Office  for the Zoom ID if you are new to the group.

Chris’ contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

FUN
Book Club

We typically meet (online at this time) the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. 

Our desire is to share and discuss good reads that broaden our minds and understanding of the world in which we live. We have an appreciation for each other and literature coming from a variety of genres.

Please check with the website and/or weekly service bulletin for current offerings.

If you are new to the group and would like to join, please contact Dorothy Furgerson, the host via the Parish Office for the Zoom ID.

Dorothy’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

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Wed Morning Bible Study: Book of Isaiah

Book of Isaiah

The prophetic books are unusual and complex compositions that are a call from a prophet to people who have fallen into unhealthy living. These books often contain very vivid language of violence that is confusing to Christians. How do we use that? The Book of Isaiah is no exception and due to its length it can be daunting.

Please join us and the rector as we study parts of the Book of Isaiah. Come see how your spiritual life can be enhanced by these ancient and time-proven words from God.

Date and Time

We will be meeting every Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM starting February 25th.

Location

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – in the Library, see Directions & Campus Map.

Images used on slider: Art Deco Bas Relief Wisdom by Lee Oscar Lawrie centered on a verse from Isaiah 33:6. The artwork is located at the entrance to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, New York. Public Domain.

Wallpaper in the background is The Great Isaiah Scroll; part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it contains almost the whole Book of Isaiah and dates to be from the 2nd century BC. Public Domain.

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Adult Ed: Cultural Encounter – Dec. 3rd

Bring your appetite and join us for an evening to savor!

CULTURAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE MIDDLE EAST and ISLAM

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30PM

WHERE: Kabul Afghan Cuisine

ADDRESS: 833 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

For Directions, see Kabul Afghan Cuisine

DESCRIPTION: We will meet at a local Middle Eastern restaurant to experience a culinary and cultural immersion that includes great food and conversation with our guest speakers.

Questions?

If you have questions are would like more information, please Contact Us and select “Adult Education” from the drop-down menu.

Slider image artwork adapted from an original photo of 14th century Egyptian or Syrian decorative architecture by dalbera from Paris, France [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons and photo of Tughra of Süleyman the Magnificent (1520) by Thadswanek, taken from here (uploaded by Pagan) (English Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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